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Los Angeles Plays Itself -- A film by Thom Andersen.

A Cinema Guild Release.


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Directed by
Thom Andersen 
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Thom Andersen (text)

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Thom Andersen .... producer
Cinematography by
Deborah Stratman 
Film Editing by
Seung-Hyun Yoo 
Sound Department
Thor Moser .... sound
Craig Smith .... sound

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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A well thought out movie, but few visitors last till part 3, 29 January 2004
Author: maartenwinters from Den Haag

I watched this movie at the 'Rotterdam Film Festival' in The Netherlands and beforehand had no idea what to expect. After a few minutes it became clear to me that the movie was a collection of hundreds of movie-fragments, all located in the city of Los Angeles. Being a movie freak I was very interested from that point on, and Thomas Anderson didn't let me down. A terrible amount of time and research must have been spent making this movie, and it pays off! Having been in L.A. myself I really liked all places that are shown in the movie, and all movie-fragments being shown. Unfortunately, a lot (I think to many) of old movie fragments are shown (1950-1960), which makes it a little 'unrecognizable', at least for me. After part two of the movie, I had seen so many peaces of 'old material', and together with listening 2 hours to the voice of Mr. Anderson, I became to tired to go for the 3rd hour. Nevertheless, I can really recommend this movie to anyone who likes watching movies, and likes learning more about them and about a city that was so very important in movie making!

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